Pussycat (band)

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Pussycat
Colored photograph of members of the 70s pop band Pussycat
Pussycat band in 1975
Background information
Origin Brunssum, Limburg, Netherlands
Genres Pop, Country
Years active 1975-1985
Labels Telstar, EMI Bovema
Associated acts Zingende Zusjes (Singing Sisters), The BGs from Holland, Sweet Reaction, Pussycat
Website Official website

Pussycat was a Dutch country and pop music group from the Netherlands, driven by the three Kowalczyk sisters: Toni, Betty and Marianne.[1] Other members of the band were Lou Willé (Toni's ex husband), Theo Wetzels, Theo Coumans and John Theunissen.

Career[edit]

Prior to forming the band, the three sisters were telephone operators in Limburg, whilst Theunissen, Wetzles and Coumans were in a group called Scum.[2] Lou Wille played in a group called Ricky Rendall and His Centurions until he married Toni, and created the group Sweet Reaction that eventually became known as Pussycat.[1]

In 1975 they scored a big European hit with the song "Mississippi". However they had to wait a further year for the single to make the British charts when it climbed to number one in the UK Singles Chart in October 1976.[3] Penned by Werner Theunissen, who had been the sisters' guitar teacher, it is estimated that "Mississippi" sold over five million copies worldwide. It was later followed by "Smile" in 1976, and "Hey Joe" in 1978. Other hits were "If You Ever Come to Amsterdam", "Georgie", "Wet Day in September" and "My Broken Souvenirs". Their career in Europe spanned more than a decade and included some seventeen albums.[1] By 1978 Hans Lutjens had replaced Coumans on drums, as the band continued to release albums and tour, travelling as far afield as South Africa.[1] They made regular appearances on the West German TV series, Musikladen, in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Title Details Peak chart positions
NDL
[4]
BEL
[5]
GER
[6]
NOR
[7]
SWE
[8]
NZ
[9]
1976 First of All
  • Label: EMI-Bovema Holland
  • Catalogue: 5C 064-25 419
4 10 2 26 16
1977 Souvenirs
  • Label: EMI
  • Catalogue: 5C 064-25565
6 28 9 1
1978 Wet Day in September
  • Label: Bovema Negram
  • Catalogue: 5N 062-25989
16 15
1979 Simply to be with You
  • Label: Bovema Negram
  • Catalogue: 1A 062-26364
38
1979 The Best of Pussycat
  • Label: Bovema Negram
  • Catalogue: 5N 050-26201
1981 Blue Lights
  • Label: EMI
  • Catalogue: 1A 062-26656
10
1983 After All
  • Label: EMI
  • Catalogue: 1A068-26929
1994 The Collection & More
  • Label: Arcade
  • Catalogue: 9902217
60
2001 25 jaar na Mississippi
  • Label: EMI
  • Catalogue: 7243 531822 2 9
26
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
NDL
[4]
BEL
[5]
GER
[6]
AUT
[10]
SWI
[11]
NOR
[7]
SWE
[8]
UK
[12]
NZ
[9]
1975 "Mississippi" / "Do It" 1 1 1 4 1 1 6 1 1 First of All
"Mississippi" (German version) / "Lieb Mich" 24 Non-album single
1976 "Georgie" / "Take Me" 1 2 6 2 2 14 First of All
"Smile" / "What Did They Do To The People" 2 3 9 10 8 24 3
1977 "Ein Altes Lied" / "Pasadena" (German) 41 Non-album single
1977 "My Broken Souvenirs" / "Nothing To Hide" 2 2 22 12 7 1 Souvenirs
"I'll Be Your Woman" / "Just A Woman" 12 21
"If You Ever Come To Amsterdam" / "You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby" 21 Wet Day In September
1978 "Same Old Song" / "Stupid Cupid" 8 10
"Wet Day In September" / "I Remember Springtime" 17 18
1979 "Hey Joe" / "Love In September" 17 26
"Daddy" / "Three Steps And Then ..." 13 19 Simply To Be With You
"Let Freedom Range" / "Don't Love Him" 38 29
1980 "Doin' La Bamba" / "On The Corner Of My Life" 4 15
1981 "Then The Music Stopped" / "Cha Cha Me Baby" 10 18 Blue Lights
"Une Chambre Pour La Nuit" / "I Don't Wanna Rock And Roll" 16
"Teenage Queenie" / "Who's Gonna Love You" 33 47
1983 "Lovers Of A Kind" / "Closer To You" 22 26 After All
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Biography by Amy Henson". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 1 April 2009. 
  2. ^ Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 178. ISBN 0-85112-250-7. 
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 443. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ a b "PUSSYCAT IN DUTCH CHARTS". Dutch Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "PUSSYCAT". Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Charterfolge von Pussycat". Charts.de. Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "PUSSYCAT IN NORWEGIAN CHARTS". Norwegian Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "PUSSYCAT IN SWEDISH CHARTS". Swedish Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "PUSSYCAT IN NEW ZEALAND CHARTS". Charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "PUSSYCAT IN DER ÖSTERREICHISCHEN HITPARADE". Austrian Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "PUSSYCAT". Hitparade.ch. Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  12. ^ "PUSSYCAT". The Official UK Charts Company. The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 

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